When is a Shepherd’s Pie no longer a Shepherd’s Pie?
“Let’s add in some mushrooms!”
“How about some zucchini?”
Okay. When is a Shepherd’s Pie no longer a Shepherd’s Pie? When does it turn into a meat pie? Or a casserole?
I’m a purist foodie at heart. Don’t make a cauliflower crust and call it pizza. Please refrain from stuffing a duck inside of a chicken inside of a turkey. You want to blend bananas and call that ice cream? No, no, please. Give me the classics and I’ll be happy.
My Shepherd’s Pie requires four things: meat, potatoes, gravy and vegetables. Anything more or less, call it what you wish, but it is not Shepherd’s Pie.
Now, this is all my own opinion. And I would be glad to hear some rebuttals in the comments if you think that one of these vegetables doesn’t belong. Let’s get started.
When I think of Shepherd’s Pie I think of England. And when I think of England, these are the vegetables I think of:
I can see corn also as a vegetable, as well as celery used sparingly.
Vegetables Not Allowed
There are some vegetables that do not belong anywhere near a Shepherd’s Pie.
- Tomatoes (Okay, wait. I’ll allow a bit of tomato paste in there. But not, like, huge chunks of tomato)
- Cucumber (Whyyyyyy????)
- Eggplant ( This isn’t a moussaka kiddos)
- Beets (Beats me why you’d put this in)
- The little baby corn things
- Green peppers
Do you agree? Is there something on this list that you would allow? Did I miss anything?
This post originally appeared in March, 2016 and was revised and republished in March, 2018.